Traveling has never been as easy as it is now. And, for better or for worse, flying remains one of the top means of transport (the number of flights in 2021 was estimated at 22.2 million). And it makes sense, as it's so convenient, especially if we're talking transcontinental. It would take 7 nights to sail from Southampton, UK, to New York, US, if you boarded the Queen Mary (but I'm sure the voyage would be delightful), whereas the same flight would only take 11 hours, 30 minutes.

Some people love it, some hate it, but many still choose flying. And no matter how many flight hours some people collect, there are always folks who act like it's their first time on the plane, based on their flight etiquette. And while the journey on the plane sounds easy at first, the hassle that comes before and after it can be annoying.

That's why Bored Panda decided to compile a list of airport hacks, flight etiquette that people seem to forget, and other tips and tricks that will make your journey as light as possible. Make sure to upvote your favorites, share any other tips down below, and fly safe!

#1

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible At baggage claim: DON'T stand right up against the conveyor belt the whole time. Stand a few feet back, and when you see your bag, walk up, grab it and move on

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Chintan Shah
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This needs to be way higher! Standing up against the conveyor belt isn't going to bring your bags any faster.. But you may get your legs smashed by another passenger taking a bag off.. Not to mention how inconsiderate it is

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#2

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Arriving early and being bored for 2 hours is *way* better than being on time and stressed out.

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#3

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible If you are in Copenhagen Airport and have an invisible issue (disability, disorder, or anything), go to the service desk and get a sunflower pin. The staff will know you have some issues (wont ask what) and be more accomdating.

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#4

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible If I have my headphones on don’t talk to me.

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StrangeOne
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people aren't even listening to anything. They're just using them to muffle out sounds that are too loud for them. Treat it like sunglasses on a blind person. No touchy.

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#5

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Keep your limbs in your designated seating area (feet not stretched out into another person's bubble, leaning or sleeping on others) Man or woman no draping your hair over the back of your chair. No creepy groping or unwanted conversation

alieshasavage , Alexander Schimmeck Report

Nizumi
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and mute the clicks on your phone! fries and gravy it's annoying listening to bip-bip-bip-bip-bip of someone texting. Like sitting next to a morse code operator.

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#6

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Always pee BEFORE you board.

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StrangeOne
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can go before I board, but it doesn't mean I'll end up not having to go during the flight. Especially a long flight.

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#7

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Don’t put your hair over the back of the seat.

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#8

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible The person in the middle gets 2 arm rests.

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#9

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Do not start engaging other people on the plane in small talk. especially if you see them reading, sleeping or listening to music.

Don't talk non-stop. If you absolutely must run your mouth the entire flight, use your inside voice.

Don't the be the b**ch who sat behind me once and changed her baby's sh**ty diaper on the tray. She sprayed perfume to cover it up.

Teach your children not to kick the seat of the person in front of them.

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Maggie Fulton
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Especially the part about letting your kid kick the seat of the person in front. Teach the little brat some respect for others.

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#10

After the security check, when the x-ray conveyer belt delivers the tray containing your coat, wallet, belt, shoes, bag, laptop, etc...

For the love of god take your tray the 5 or so feet to the benches and tables set aside for you to repack at. Don't just stand in front of the line slowly getting dressed and making everyone else wait on you

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Kristy Marion
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg. This. As a flight attendant it drives me mental when people repack next to the X-ray machine. Move down!

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#11

Bring something to entertain your children in long flights. If that something had sound, make sure they're wearing headphones. You might be used to little Billy's screams and Paw Patrol, but the rest of the plane doesn't want to hear it.

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WindySwede
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this applies to all ages and all public places.. :)

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#12

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Deodorant is not optional. Nor are socks and shoes.

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Nizumi
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Perfume and after shave, however, can be left out, please and thank you.

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#13

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Respect the Flight Attendants, they bring the drinks

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#14

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Its better to be 3 hours early than 3 minutes late, airport food is cheaper than paying to book another flight

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StrangeOne
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm glad I went early. So early there was no one else around at the security check point, so the security people were chill and everything went way smooth.

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#15

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible I'll probably get down voted here.. But please, for the love of God, wear shoes that require socks when you go through security. It just turns my stomach all the barefoot people standing in the EXACT SAME SPOT as the last guy with the crusty fungus

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Megan Swann-Carlton
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

CLEAN socks should be a requirement in an airport like wear your crocs but throw on some socks

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#16

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Don’t just trust the gate number on your phone app, always double check with the airport screens.

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Lisa H
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I flew back from my niece's wedding, our gate changed probably 4 times and was delayed 2 hours (total) on top of the 5 hour layover. Sucked.

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#17

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Never leave your bags unattended, never leave it with someone, I know it’s good to be human and be helpful but never carry anyone’s luggage for them. You don’t know who’s carrying contrabands or not and can easily put you in a jam.

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The other-other David Wong
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I learned this from the announcement that says this every 3.5 minutes at every airport ever. Ever.

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#18

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible No speakerphone. No reheated fish. No feet on my arm rest. Don’t use the headrest in front of you to help you get out of your seat. It turns the persons seat into a catapult

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Agfox
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1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Feet on your armrest: have a water bottle handy, make a loud sneezing sound & flick a some water towards the offending feet

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#19

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible If Tom Hanks is in the flight, get out!

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#20

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible I used to board 2-4 flights every week before COVID. Here are a few things:

1. If you can then arrive early.
2. Have 2 bags. The backpack should contain all the stuff you would like to be available at moment's notice during the flight. The bigger trolley should only be opened once you have deboarded
3. Stay away from the line that contains old people, kids, families. Queue up behind business travelers. There is an excellent scene in Up in The Air where Clooney profiles different kind of fliers. All of it is true.
4. Flight attendants have heard every single excuse for an upgrade. You can try but good luck. However, if you do get one than stop bragging about it. It might get them into trouble.
5. Flight attendants also like small gift like little bags of treats. If you are on a longer flight this is always an option to cheer someone up and make their day.
6. If you are frequent flier get a pair of noise canceling headphones.
7. Always check in as soon the window for check in opens. Usually 24 hours before the flight.
8. A small powerbank can make a world of difference.
9. The lounge is worth the money if you have a long layover or you are a frequent flier.
10. Always keep a small bag full of regular OTC medication you may need.

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#21

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Bathing and tooth brushing before a flight is a good start

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Jordi Sharpe
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These should be mandatory. No excuses, if you can afford to fly, you can afford a shower and mints.

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#22

If you know you’re a frequent restroom user please don’t take the window seat :)

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#23

This is an awesome airport hack for the UK, not sure about other countries...

Order any toiletries/meds etc for 'click and collect' from one of the airport stores like Boots or Superdrug. You don't need to worry about them being under 100ml since you collect them after security, and you don't pay crazy airport prices either.

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StrangeOne
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you. I paid WAY too much for Tylenol at Toronto airport.

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#24

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Always try to book an early flight. My father-in-law used to travel a lot and worked in an industry connected with the airlines. He said that the schedule board usually resets between 3 and 6 in the morning, so if there are late or cancelled flights causing a chain reaction in other areas that all tends to drop out of the system when it starts fresh the next day. I’ve never had a flight that left before 8 am that was noticeably late or canceled unless it just wasn’t safe to fly.

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#25

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible if you get bumped from a flight because the airline overbooked and you have to wait more than two hours then you are entitled to up to 4x your fare. Certain restrictions apply but point is dont let them take advantage of you

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roz
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This depends on where the originating flight is from. Different countries have different rules.

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#26

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible At the security line, put all your things (phone, wallet, watch, belt, etc) that will need to be removed in your carry-on. It makes it much more efficient rather than taking each individual article and placing it into the bin.

Bring an empty water bottle and fill it at the fountains. Air travel dehydrates you and most of us don't drink enough fluids anyway.

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Just_for_this
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This in itself sounds fine, until the security staff tell you to do something different. Recently came through Miami Airport and 3 different staff were saying different things to us just standing in line waiting for the scanners. shoes off, shoes on, devices out of bag, devices in bag... considering its their primary job you'd think they'd all be on the same hymn sheet.

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#27

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible I just got TSA precheck and I can’t stop talking about how amazing it is.

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Camilla Koutsos
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What is this? I understand the words in that sentence, but not the sentence itself.

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#28

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible When they tell you not to put your winter coat in the overhead until everyone else has boarded, DON'T PUT YOUR COAT IN THE OVERHEAD!

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ThatG
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don’t put your winter coat in the overhead until after you’ve taken off. It’s nice not to freeze in the event of an emergency evacuation on the runway. Also… on international flights, keep your passport with you at all times in case of an emergency landing in another country.

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#29

Don't stand in the boarding line until it's your turn

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#30

30 Airport Hacks And Tips To Make Your Flight As Effortless As Possible Airports are lawless wastelands, like Fallout 3. There are no rules, all social miscues you’ve been taught to avoid are no more. Want to sit on the floor? F*****g do it. Pizza and beer for breakfast? F*****g do it. Fasting walking past old people to get in line faster? F*****g do it. Survive.

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David Martin
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So one of the rules of airport etiquette on this list is that there aren't any rules and nobody should observe proper human etiquette? I'm sorry, no, you're in a very public place, with several other people around you; Be a decent human being, not a lawless wild animal, THAT is the rule

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